Kaitlyn Pallozzi ♦ Farmington Hills Mercy
Softball ♦ Freshman
It would be nearly impossible to improve on the first week of high school softball that Pallozzi enjoyed last week. She made her varsity debut in the circle April 5 with no-hitter against Dearborn Divine Child – striking out 14 and allowing one walk in the 9-0 victory – and then struck out all 21 batters three days later in a 1-0 perfect-game win over Ann Arbor Greenhills. Pallozzi was the 12th in state high school history to strike out at least 21 hitters in a seven-inning game, and she became the third to strike out at least 21 consecutive hitters.
An accomplished travel player heading into high school, she last summer helped her team to a USA Elite national championship in Iowa. The 6-foot Pallozzi also played on Mercy’s Division 1 top-five ranked varsity volleyball team in the fall. She has three years of high school to go after this spring, of course, but Pallozzi is setting her sights as well on studying to become a pediatric nurse – inspired by the care she received when her appendix was removed when she was 10.
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April 7: Mason Docks, Williamston basketball - Report
March 24: Mya Petticord, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep basketball - Report
March 16: Charley Bayer, East Grand Rapids diving - Report
March 9: Ja'Marcus Smith, Detroit Mumford wrestling - Report
March 2: David Schaberg, Holt bowling - Report
Feb. 24: Adelaide McRoberts, Kingsford swimming - Report
Feb. 17: Christopher Kavanaugh, Petoskey hockey - Report
Feb. 10: Ira Jenkins, Whitehall wrestling - Report
Feb. 3: Emma Stewart, Salem gymnastics - Report
Jan. 28: Tyler Ray, Pinckney swimming - Report
Jan. 21: Elle Craven, Traverse City Central skiing - Report
Jan. 14: Nevaeh Williams, Mount Clemens basketball - Report
Dec. 2: Lucas Dunn, Chelsea football - Report
Nov. 25: Riley Nugent, Plainwell swimming - Report
Nov. 18: Harper Murray, Ann Arbor Skyline volleyball - Report
Nov. 11: Abby VanderKooi, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian cross country - Report
Nov. 4: Arianne Olson, Holland West Ottawa cross country - Report
Oct. 28: Jack Guggemos, Okemos soccer - Report
Oct. 21: Sachiv Kumar, Northville tennis - Report
Oct. 14: Kate Brody, Grand Blanc golf - Report
Oct. 7: Lilly Nelson, Negaunee tennis - Report
Sept. 30: Stella Chapman, Ann Arbor Pioneer swimming - Report
Sept. 23: Riley Hough, Hartland cross country - Report
Sept. 16: Josie Bloom, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep volleyball - Report
(Photos by Hockey Weekly Action Photos.)